My main photography project, Merthyr Road, was inspired by the history of South Wales, and how that has shaped the South Wales you can visit today. South Wales is my adopted home (even though I’ll always be a Yorkshireman at heart!), and I’d like to share with you some of the excellent bloggers and writers who live in or write about South Wales today as we come across each other.

If you’re looking to find the best pubs, hotels, and places to visit in this area that we’ve all fallen in love with, then check out the Passionate About South Wales blog, run by Paul Thomas. Paul’s got a real passion for the area, and he’s got a simple and straightforward writing style that’s instantly accessible. I’m already scouring his blog for places I must add to my must-visit list, such as St. Augustine’s Church in Penarth 🙂

You can find Paul’s blog here – – and subscribe to his RSS feed here.

If you have a blog about South Wales that you’d like me to mention on here, please get in touch.

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East Canal Wharf

From 1794 through to at least 1951, this was the East Canal Wharf of the Glamorganshire Canal.

In the foreground runs the GWR railway (the main Swansea to London line still in major use today), built by 1850 by the South Wales Railway Company, which would have had to have bridged the canal at this point.

The red brick building in the top-right is the remains of the York Hotel, which adjoins Custom House, once the administrative home of the Glamorganshire Canal when operations were moved from Navigation House in Navigation (modern-day Abercynon).

Behind where I’m stood today is Callahan Square, but in the past this would have been the wharfs that stretched all the way down to the River Taff over a mile away: Sea Lock Pond, the first of Cardiff’s great docks.

You can clearly see in this photo how the road under the GWR bridge has to drop for cars and buses to fit underneath. My guess is that the clearance was a lot less when this was still canal!

Copyright (c) 2010 Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all).

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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Wet Lights

Download the full-size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper.

I promised no green this week – how am I doing so far? 🙂

My choice of desktop wallpaper today is this quirky shot of some wet lights outside the new St David’s 2 cash-hoovering shopping centre in Cardiff. I’m sure Mrs H just wanted to get out of the rain, but wild horses couldn’t drag me away until I’d snagged a decent shot of them.

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